Pike Carlson, an 8-year-old Colorado boy, was caught in a dangerous situation last month when heading to a neighbors house when a 65 pound mountain lion suddenly pounced on him and began mauling him.

“I was just punching, trying to grab anything that I can, like a stick,” Pike told KUSA-TV. “I did find a stick and I tried to get it in the eye, but soon the stick snapped.”

The boy’s father saw the attack and immediately rushed to his side even though he only had a pocket knife with him. However, just him approaching was enough to scare off the lion.

“That parental instinct to protect your child kind of kicks in,” Carlson told KUSA-TV. “It never even entered my head that I was about to tangle with something that could kill me. All you know is you have to do something. It doesn’t matter what happens to you, you’ve got to protect your children.”

The boy’s skull, jaw and orbital bone were cracked, and the boy needed more than 60 staples. He also will have surgery on his eyelid.

Regarding the attack, Pike said “The mountain lion is a cheater. No one try to wrestle a mountain lion. It is a cheater.”